Step Afrika! performing "The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence" in 2018. Step Afrika! performs March 2, 2019, at Northshore Performing Arts Center.
February is Black History Month, a time to dedicate attention to and seek understanding of the many contributions of black Americans to science, art, music, culture and more. Local libraries and other organizations invite families to take part in workshops, film screenings and celebrations.
- Visit the Northwest African American Museum in the Central District, the historic center of Seattle's black community. Visit the genealogy center to explore family roots and learn more about the Seattle childhood of international music legend Jimi Hendrix (ongoing).
- Gather at SAM for Kijiji Night, featuring music, storytelling, poetry and more celebrating Black History Month (Thursday, Feb. 7, 6–9 p.m.; free; all ages).
- The Renton Highlands Library hosts a screening of "The Hate U Give," a film that details a fatal police shooting and its aftermath. Pizza provided (Monday, Feb. 11, 4–6 p.m.; free; ages 11 and up).
- Watch "Creed" at the library and join a discussion about this Ryan Coogler film, an installment in the "Rocky" series. Hosted at the Skyway Library (Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6–9 p.m.; free; ages 13 and up).
- Head to MoPop for a campout cinema screening of "Black Panther" that includes admission to the current MARVEL exhibit and Black Panther trivia and prizes (Friday, Feb. 15, 7–9:30 p.m.; $11–$14; film rated PG).
- Live performance and historic film clips combine at MOHAI's Living Voices presentations. This month learn about a studen'ts experience fighting for civil rights in 1950s and '60s Mississippi (Saturday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. presentations; included with museum admission; ages 12 and up).
- Bring your imagination and inspiration to a Black History Month-focused art-making session at the Woodmont Library in Des Moines; all supplies provided (Tuesday, Feb. 19, 3:30–5 p.m.; free; ages 9 and up).
- Embark on a virtual tour of important sites in the history of Renton's African American community, led by Renton community leaders Benita Horn and John Houston (Thursday, Feb. 21, 7–8:30 p.m.; free; all ages).
- Learn about an African-American patent master, dig into the insides of a computer (and find out why) and help make a freedom quilt at this celebration of black inventors and scientists at the Renton Highlands Library (Friday, Feb. 22, 4:30–6 p.m.; free; all ages).
- The Black Student Union of Rention High School invites the community to a presentation where members will share talents, historical highlights and refreshments (Saturday, Feb. 23, 3:30–4:30 p.m.; free; all ages).
- Marvel at the 1978 movie "The Wiz," a black interpretation of "The Wizard of Oz," starring music legends Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Pizza provided (Monday, Feb. 25, 4–6 p.m.; free; all ages).
- Teens welcomed to take a tour through Northwest hip-hop, learn to find their own voices and explore how music can drive support for important issues (Wednesday, Feb. 27, 3–4 p.m.; free; ages 12 and up).
- Watch and discuss another Ryan Coogler film, this time "Black Panther." Wakanda forever (Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6–9 p.m.; free; ages 11 and up).
- Don't miss the amazing, Washington, D.C.-based Step Afrika! dance troupe performing locally on the heels of Black History Month (Saturday, March 2, 7:30–9:30 p.m.; $30–$45; all ages).
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